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Manufacturing Design Fellowship

Funding announced

A full list of successful applicants to the Manufacturing Design Fellowship can be found on the past decisions page.      

In 2016 Arts Tasmania will offer a one off $7 000 Manufacturing Design Fellowship to enable a designer to undertake a self-initiated residency with an established design and manufacturing business.

The intention of this fellowship is to offer relevant on-site professional development and support for an individual designer to commercialise their ideas, to have access to manufacturing technologies, experienced mentors and a glimpse into how industries operate.

The opportunity is open to designers at any career stage.

Key dates

Please note that the Manufacturing Design Fellowship will not be offered in 2017.  

Who can apply?

  • Designers at any career stage based in Tasmania are eligible to apply.      

Artists who have previously received a grant from Arts Tasmania that has not been satisfactorily acquitted are not eligible to apply.

What can I apply for?

The manufacturing design fellowship will fund a designer to undertake a self-initiated residency with a business of their choice between January 2017 and April 2018.

The aim of the fellowship is to assist designers in securing new skills, industry networks and knowledge, giving them the confidence to take the next step in their career.

Applicants customise their development program according to their current career stage and needs and match that with a design business. Applicants need to provide a proposed program for their residency and indicate what design ideas they are interested in developing.

The proposed fellowship may include a variety of activities including, but not limited to:

  • working with new manufacturing technologies      
  • mentorships      
  • professional exchanges and networks      
  • specific skill development      

For example:

  • Designers may wish to partner with a design business working with the designer/makers for a specified period each week in return for the use of the equipment and workshop for a negotiated number of hours      
  • Designers may wish to work within a manufacturing business to develop a specific design or prototype to production stage with the intention of seeking a commercial outcome      
  • Designers may wish to approach a design or manufacturing business with a mentorship proposal that would get the designer shadowing various members of the team, developing relationships that could later be called upon for advice or support      
  • Designers may wish to consider moving from a completely hand crafted design to outsourcing elements of the design to a manufacturer. The may wish to use the opportunity to explore this and develop relationships with manufacturing firms.      

Some types of activities are not eligible for investment or are restricted. Be sure to read the general eligibility to make sure your proposal is suitable before applying.

How much can I apply for?

The manufacturing design fellowship is valued at $7 000.

You must provide a budget using the budget template to detail your expenses. Depending on the nature of your proposal you may need to consider airfares, accommodation, mentor fees or whether your host organisation is happy to trade off your labour for a specified number of hours for access to equipment and their  expertise.

Against what criteria will my application be assessed?

Your application will be assessed against the criteria of quality and reach.

See the manufacturing design fellowship assessment guidelines for more information on how these criteria are considered in the assessment process.

Who will assess my application?

Applications will be assessed by a peer panel.

What do I submit as my application?

Applicants must present a viable plan that outlines their proposed fellowship activities, a rationale for these activities and demonstrate their commitment to the design sector.

All applications must be completed online.

The application form requires

  • A description of the proposed program of activities including timeline and rationale.      
  • A two page CV or biography.      
  • A letter or email of confirmation from the business accepting the placement.      
  • A maximum of five items of artistic support material.      
  • A completed budget.      

Please note that excess support material will not be accepted. All attachments should be listed and each attachment should be clearly labelled.

Visit artistic support material for information relating to accepted formats.

When do I submit my application?

Applications for the manufacturing design fellowships are due on 8 September 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.

How do I submit my application?

Your online manufacturing design fellowship application form must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the 8 September 2016.

Hard copy submissions will only be considered if you are unable to submit electronically. Applicants must contact the Professional Development Officer for permission to submit in hard copy before the closing date.

For more information relating to making your submission, please visit how to apply.

When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in early November 2016.

Help with your application

We recommend you seek advice from Arts Tasmania's Professional Development Officer, Wendy Morrow, before submitting your application. The Professional Development Officer is a useful source of information and can provide advice on your application at any stage of the process.

You can make an appointment with Wendy for a face-to-face meeting or contact her directly via phone on 6165 6665 or e-mail

Due to the number of programs operated by Arts Tasmania, there is great demand for the Professional Development Officer’s time and therefore contact time is limited.